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Amendments to FMLA's Military Leave Provisions Proposed

February 1, 2012
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The Labor Department said the proposal released Jan. 30 implements amendments to the military leave provisions of the FMLA made by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010.
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Employer Must Pay Workers' Compensation for Concurrent Job: Court

January 20, 2012
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William Thomas worked as a light equipment operator for the Warren County Department of Public Works when he was injured in 2009. Court records show that Thomas also was employed by a janitorial service at that time.
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Pregnant Worker Protected by FMLA Despite Timing of Leave Request: Court

January 13, 2012
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Although the woman had previously been considered a 'top employee,' after learning of her pregnancy 'Brookdale began harassing her, causing stress and other complications in her pregnancy.'
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Top 5 Workplace Injury Causes Make Up 72 Percent of Direct Workers' Comp Costs: Analysis

January 10, 2012
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Overexertion—or injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying—costs businesses $12.5 billon in direct annual expenses and accounts for more than 25 percent of the national burden, according to Liberty Mutual's Workplace Safety Index.
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Court: Comp Benefits Due to Restaurant Manager Despite Being Smoker

January 6, 2012
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Edmondo Bemis—who smoked for 30 years according to the appellate court's ruling—eventually filed for workers' comp benefits, claiming that his work injury worsened until he needed the surgery and that he was totally disabled.
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Law Barring Legal Immigrants from Massachusetts Health Care Program Unconstitutional

January 6, 2012
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The U.S. Census Bureau reported in September that at 5 percent—averaged over 2009 and 2010—Massachusetts had the lowest uninsured rate of any U.S. state.
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Study Notes Medical Malpractice Insurance Market to Evolve with Health Care Changes

January 4, 2012
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Changes in health care delivery will drive changes in the marketplace, including an ongoing shift from physicians practicing alone or in small groups toward practicing in multispecialty and multistate physician networks, or physicians working in practices purchased and operated by hospitals and integrated regional health care organizations, according to the Moody's analysis.
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Recreational Boatmakers Excluded From Workers' Comp Act

January 4, 2012
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Under new federal regulations, laborers who build, repair or dismantle any recreational water vessel will no longer be covered by the Longshore Act, so long as they are covered under a state's workers comp law.
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IRS Issues Guidance on Reporting Health Cover Costs on Employees' W-2s

January 4, 2012
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The latest information makes clear that employers can—but are not required to—report contributions to health reimbursement arrangements in calculating health care costs.
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